noun, often attributive
out·​pa·​tient | \ ˈau̇t-ˌpā-shənt How to pronounce outpatient (audio) \

Definition of outpatient

: a patient who is not hospitalized overnight but who visits a hospital, clinic, or associated facility for diagnosis or treatment — compare inpatient

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The entire process only takes about 20 minutes and is performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "'Selfie awareness' has millennials turning to double chin removal procedures," 21 Sep. 2018 The outpatient office will open in 2019 and be housed in a building with an Equinox Fitness Club and the first-ever Equinox Hotel. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Hospitals See Opportunity in Bringing Care Facilities to Patients," 3 Jan. 2019 If Arbour ends its relationship with MassHealth, patients could get care at 18 other outpatient mental health providers in Lawrence, or within 30 miles of the city, according to an e-mail from Health and Human Services spokeswoman Sharon Torgerson. Liz Kowalczyk, BostonGlobe.com, "State Medicaid program halts payments to Lawrence clinic over fraud allegations," 14 June 2018 Now, nearly three months after finishing his outpatient treatment, the Discovery star is opening up to fans about his experience. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Alaskan Bush People' Star Matt Brown Says Life 'Keeps Getting Better' After Rehab," 14 Apr. 2019 Note: Medical services listed were identified by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission as frequently performed in doctors offices but also offered on an outpatient basis. Anna Wilde Mathews, WSJ, "Behind Your Rising Health-Care Bills: Secret Hospital Deals That Squelch Competition," 18 Sep. 2018 Medicare rules and commercial insurance contracts, with some exceptions, require people to be treated on an inpatient or outpatient basis by the hospitals that are billing for their lab tests. Washington Post, "Outsiders Swoop In Vowing To Rescue Rural Hospitals Short On Hope — And Money," 6 June 2018 Texas has six inpatient care sites in Texas, including San Antonio’s, and 62 facilities providing care on an outpatient basis, according to the VA. Bill Lambrecht, San Antonio Express-News, "Congress on verge of reforming VA health care," 18 May 2018 GoodRx, which tracks drug prices, ranked the most expensive drugs available on an outpatient basis, based on the wholesale acquisition cost that a typical patient in a typical case would typically use in a month. Jen Christensen, CNN, "The 5 most expensive drugs in the United States," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of outpatient

1715, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of outpatient

: a person who goes to a doctor's office or hospital for treatment but who does not spend the night there


out·​pa·​tient | \ ˈau̇t-ˌpā-shənt How to pronounce outpatient (audio) \

Medical Definition of outpatient

: a patient who is not hospitalized overnight but who visits a hospital, clinic, or associated facility for diagnosis or treatment — compare inpatient

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